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The Arts Council was established in 1985 with a mission to nurture, promote, and support high-quality cultural arts activities for the community.  The goals of the Arts Council are to:

  • Advocate for the arts, artists, and arts organizations of Mercer Island.
  • Stimulate community awareness and enjoyment of the fine arts.
  • Promote community education, awareness, and enjoyment of the arts.
  • Support performing, visual, and literary arts programs, projects, and events.

Eleven volunteer citizens comprise the board which is staffed by the Parks and Recreation Department. To find out more about these committees, contact the Chair (see below). Volunteers are needed!

Members are appointed to four-year terms by the Mayor & Deputy Mayor, and confirmed by the City Council. A City Council member serves as liaison to the group.

The Arts Council members should be able to commit an estimated eight hours of time each month to board activities. Members should possess a broad perspective on the arts, must be willing to facilitate an event that may require a relatively large time commitment for a short period.

Click here for more information about the Arts Council.
Click here to fill out an application to be a member of the Arts Council 

Questions? Contact Sarah Bluvas, the Arts & Culture Coordinator, at sarah.bluvas@mercergov.org or (206) 275-7864.


Established
Meetings
Length of Term
1985
2nd Wednesday at 6:30 pm at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center
Four years running June 1-May 31

Members
Name
Email Address
Title
Term Begin
Term End
Amy Barnes   Vice-Chair and GalleryChair   06/01/2016   05/31/2020  
Candace Chuck   Member   06/05/2018   05/31/2019  
Erik Gordon   LiteraryChair   06/05/2018   05/31/2022  
Matt Lome   MostlyMusicintheParkCo-Chair   09/19/2016   05/31/2020  
Salim Nice   CityCouncilLiaison   07/18/2017   12/31/2018  
Jessica Prince   MostlyMusicintheParkCo-Chair   10/17/2016   05/31/2019  
Damian Schwiethale   CommunityRelationsChair   06/05/2018   05/31/2022  
Xixi Shakes   Member   06/05/2017   05/31/2022  
Rene Stratton   Member   03/16/2015   05/31/2020  
Gaylene Vaden   Special Projects Chair   06/05/2018   05/31/2019  
Erin Vivion   ChairandPublicArtChair   10/20/2014   05/31/2021  

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